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#1 of 21 Audi A6 4.2 vs Mercedes E350 4matic
Nov 26, 2005 (12:40 pm)
I'm in the market and cannot decide between the A6 4.2 and the Benz E350 4 matic. I have a 03 C320 4 matic and love it but the reliability comments I hear about the E class are making me a bit worried about spending 55k for this car. I've never owned or no anyone who has owned an Audi and I've read comments the past A6's were not very reliable. What's the deal here with both of these cars reliability? Lastly I would like some feedback on deciding between the two. Is there a hands down winner here?
#2 of 21 Re: Audi A6 4.2 vs Mercedes E350 4matic [wolfepack88]
Nov 27, 2005 (6:49 am)
I'm a three car audi owner. The last two were back to back 39 month leases on the a6. both cars were essentially the new model design, though I'm sure improvements continue to be made ('97 a6 3.0 and an '02 a6 2.7T). Both cars were great to drive and great to look at. Unfortunately, both leases ended in some pretty heavy repair work. 4K engine rebuild do to a faulty and failed timing chain bolt on car number one - which Audi covered, and 1.5k on car two the last month of the lease - which Audi didn't cover. This was a problem that had symptoms while under warranty but not correctly diagnosed until car completely failed about 10K miles after warranty. Went all the way to Audi for relief and got none.
As a result, I picked up the last few months of a 2003 e320 lease on swapalease.com. Love the car. Lease ends this week and I am ordering a black e350 4matic tomorrow. My biggest worry is wether to choose the sleek charcoal interior or the soothing stone interior.
Best of luck with your decision.
#3 of 21 Audi A6 4.2 vs Mercedes E350 4matic
Nov 27, 2005 (9:29 am)
If you are going to lease, then it does not matter. Audi is a great car. But you get pretty good deal on MB's due to good factory to dealer incentives.
I think they took care of most of the bugs as this is 2nd year for e350.
#4 of 21 Re: Audi A6 4.2 vs Mercedes E350 4matic [wolfepack88]
Nov 27, 2005 (11:26 am)
Well neither car is going to see the reliability charts afire. The real question is whether or not you want the V8 in the A6 or a V6 in the E350, IMO.
I personally would go with the A6 4.2 only because the E-Class is due for a facelift for 2007.
#5 of 21 Re: Audi A6 4.2 vs Mercedes E350 4matic [wolfepack88]
Nov 28, 2005 (12:48 pm)
I'd get the 4.2 A6 hands down anyday over a V6 4 matic Benz. The Mercedes is easily $5,000 more money to get the same options. The E500 is the competition to the A6 4.2, not the 350.
And the Audi has a new body style, and just remember there's no free maintenance anymore with Mercedes Benz.
#6 of 21 e350 vs. e500 4matic
Nov 30, 2005 (3:07 pm)
I am getting price quotes from local MB dealers $49,000 for e350x and $60,000 for e500x respectively. Both with premium pkg. Which one should I go for? Is the e350 comparable to e500 in terms of performance?
#7 of 21 Re: Audi A6 4.2 vs Mercedes E350 4matic [wolfepack88]
Dec 06, 2005 (6:56 pm)
i just bought the e350. i too was worried about reliability especially since i come from a long line of lexus cars.
but, lexus got boring, so on to mercedes. dealer quote was 49300 (premium package). seemed like a good deal.
parents owned audi in early 80's, and of course they were a disaster back then, so i have never given them a second thought, even though they may have improved their car and reliability.
good luck. would be interesting to hear what you did...
#8 of 21 Re: Audi A6 4.2 vs Mercedes E350 4matic [rdrtkd]
Mar 17, 2006 (11:02 am)
I am trading in my lexus 300 for a faster awd car with that has high luxury. seriously thinking of the MD awd 350. Only because the Lexus 250 is slow.
So with your E350, have you found it reliable? I'm a little bored too with Lexus but it is reliable an has a d cool interior with NAV. Any advice?
Any ship visits? Any clinking in teh rear like we can read about on the web forums?
#9 of 21 Re: Audi A6 4.2 vs Mercedes E350 4matic [rdrtkd]
Apr 02, 2006 (12:37 pm)
I am an avid Audi lover, just to let you know.
I own an S4 Cabriolet and an A3 2.0T DSG, and my wife has a Lexus RX330.
We don't know if we want a sedan or SUV for her next car, and the Q7 is a bit big (we also don't want three Audis).
The Range Rover Sport and E350 4Matic are our two top choices right now. Any comments?
Is the reliability of those two poor enough to buy a Porsche Cayenne S? (especially after a Lexus)
#10 of 21 Re: Audi A6 4.2 vs Mercedes E350 4matic [wolfepack88]
May 23, 2006 (2:16 pm)
I'm just recently on my second E-class 4matic in San Francisco.
To be fair, all of the new Audis are beautifully styled, and I seriously considered the A6 before I bought my second MB considering the premium you pay for the MB.
However on my last trip to the dealership for routine maintenance on my last car(which is still free last I checked), I chatted with the Enterprise rental car manager on site. I mentioned my lease was about to expire, and he informed me that he handles loaner cars for all the luxury dealerships in the city.
The comment he left with me was memorable: "You don't want an Audi. I see those guys in here more than anyone else."